(Falls Church, VA. Wednesday, November 27, 2019) – According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 40 million Americans care for an ill or older family member. The value of the unpaid services they provide is estimated at $470 billion yearly, nearly twice as much as is spent on professional home care services.

As the average age of the U.S. population continues to rise, the essential role unpaid caregivers play will only increase—even as they fulfill the duties of a full- or part-time job, and other familial responsibilities.

Capital Caring Health, the largest non-profit provider of at-home care services for the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. area, is marking National Family Caregivers Month by recognizing the critical and challenging role caregivers play and highlighting resources to help.

Coincidentally, November is also National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and Capital Caring Health works closely with family caregivers to provide highly tailored care. They focus on what patients and their families say is most important to them and making patient safety and comfort a priority.

Carolyn Richar, Chief Mission Officer at Capital Caring Health, is available to discuss:

  • The current situation of family caregiving in DC-Maryland-Virginia;
  • Challenges caregivers face and resources available to help;
  • How caregivers benefit from support from others; and
  • How caregiving provides meaningful opportunities for people and families faced with serious illness.

Capital Caring Health is the largest non-profit provider of health, advanced illness, hospice, and at-home care services for the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. area. They provide quality care where people live, supporting dignified, independent aging. For more information, visit CapitalCaring.org or call 1-800-869-2136 to learn more.

 

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